East Fife


Raith Rovers

Saturday 26th August 2017

Bayview Stadium

Kick off: 3.00pm 


Admission Information:

There is only a small amount of tickets remaining for this match so please check East Fife’s website or phone Bayview Stadium for up to date information.

All pre-ordered tickets must be collected from Stark’s Park before 1pm on Friday. 

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers and East Fife face off in the first Fife derby of the season this Saturday, in a top-of-the-table clash at New Bayview.

Last weekend’s 3-1 win over Forfar kept Rovers in second place in the table, but if not for late goals from Liam Buchanan and Greig Spence, that position would have went to Darren Young’s side, who currently reside in third place.

The Methil side’s league campaign kicked off with a 1-0 defeat against Stranraer, but they’ve taken six points from their next two, with a 1-0 win over Alloa Athletic, followed up with a 3-2 win over Arbroath last Saturday.

East Fife were of course managed by Barry Smith last term, and his replacement, the former Albion Rovers boss, Young has embarked on a significant overhaul of the playing squad.

Right back, Aaron Dunsmore has joined after leaving Hibernian, while Ben Gordon has been acquired from St Mirren, along with fellow centre-half, Craig Watson from Hamilton. The final defender to be added to the playing pool was Mark Docherty, with the left-back keen to stay part-time after leaving Dumbarton.

In midfield, Scott Linton has been signed from Clyde, Paul Willis from Albion Rovers and Kieran Miller from Stenhousemuir, while pacy St Mirren winger, Nathan Flanagan has been signed on loan from the Buddies.

Up-front, Young has recently added St Johnstone loanee Greg Hurst to his squad.

This will be the clubs first competitive meeting since a League Cup tie in July 2010, when goals from John Baird, Jamie Mole and a double from Gregory Tade saw Raith safely through with a 4-1 win.

The last time the two met on League duty was the 2008/09 campaign, when Raith took 10 points from a possible 12 from the four encounters, a season which ended with Rovers pipping Ayr United to the title.

Those results leave Raith with an excellent record in this fixture, with eight wins and one draw from the last ten competitive meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Craig Napier.

Head-To-Head League Record At Methil:

East Fife Wins: 15 | Raith Rovers Wins: 12 | Draws: 4

East Fife Goals: 63 | Raith Rovers Goals: 54

Current Form:

East Fife: L-W-L-W-L-W

Raith Rovers: W-W-D-W-W-W

Top Goal Scorers:

East Fife: Chris Duggan 2

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 9 | Liam Buchanan 4 | Greig Spence 3

Match Odds:

East Fife: 7/2 | Raith Rovers: 3/4 | Draw: 14/5

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